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Immediate Release:

December 13, 2016

Cold Alert 2: Heatupstlouis.org Encourages Public Pay Something On Utility Bills; Qualified Seniors, Disabled and Needy Families Need Help?

Heatupstlouis.org, a regional not-for-profit education, advocacy and utility assistance charity covering about 15 Missouri and Illinois counties is urging the public to avoid unsafe methods of heating their homes with space heaters, as primary sources, and rely on their basic home heating sources, during the issue of its second Winter Cold Alert, covering the next several days.

Under the Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, utility firms will not be able to disconnect a client as temps hovering in the teens within the next several days. So, this is a great opportunity to seek utility assistance, as well as a great time for generosity of neighbors who can to make a “Gift of Warmth” donation to Heatupstlouis.org where 100% will keep Missouri and Illinois qualified needy with utilities. People can make tax-deductible donations on our secured website at Heatupstlouis.org; drop-off any donation to an area UMB Bank or send checks payable to Heat-Up St. Louis, c/o UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, MO 63188; and the charity also accepts donated stocks and bonds, etc.  People needing help can go online to Heatupstlouis.org or use its automated hotline at 314-241-7668.

Since its inception almost 17 years ago, Heatupstlouis.org has impacted the lives of more than 320,000 qualified needy people. The 59-member all-volunteer board of directors underwrites ALL administrative costs, so that that every public dollar donated, goes towards providing utility grants. The grants are in partnership with about 12 major social services and community action agencies and Missouri and Illinois utility companies.

Heatupstlouis.org knows that during wintertime many homes that are not energy efficient, or homes that are not properly weatherized, can use upwards to 38% or more of their household budgets on utility bills.
Heatupstlouis.org funds are used as either primary; or supplemental with other funds available in the areas to help restore or maintain winter heating, which encourages unsafe methods of heating. Being without heat in the winter is also a health issue for many area seniors, the disabled or small sick children.

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